When I was pregnant with my first I would hate to eat when I was sick, and so my calories were a lot lower. I gained 16 lbs my first trimester! This time around I force myself to eat when I am sick and it was only a matter of days before my body started to respond. If I didn’t eat I would get incredibly sick, if I ate I still was sick but not as bad. I am currently on week 12 and I am up 1 lb. I was sick every day from week 7 to week 11. Now I am still sick everyday but it comes in spurts. I focus every day on drinking 1 gallon of water and I drink 1 cup of coffee a day or a sprite zero. I eat at least 6 times a day every day.
Now here is the honest truth about what I WANT to do. I would love to sit and eat jalapeno kettle chips, a bag of cookies and a loaf of bread that I can make into toast! I would also love to do nothing all day but sit and play with Birkley and watch Netflix because I am so tired every day and nauseas. It’s amazing how a simple craving can make me want to literally tackle any person that gets in my way of any of these foods! It’s like I am split personality and as soon as a craving hits the world is ending if I don’t get it 😉 So the reality is being pregnant can make you a whole new creature. And any woman who denies that this happens has super hero powers that I would like to borrow.
So how do I resist doing what I WANT to do and stick to what I should be doing. Well really I have found a plan that works for me and one that I do not limit myself or feel deprived on. The meal plan I have shared with you is an outline of a basic day for me. That being said the measurements somedays go up on the portions listed or I eat more of my “snacks” than what is listed, but I don’t stress about it. I eat when my body is hungry but I give it clean food, minus my twice a week cookies 😉 Your body is burning more so it will utilize the food you give it, but you have to be fair with yourself too. Lots of chips, cookies and other junk will make you put on the weight quicker. And depriving your body of food and then eating junk when you do eat will make you gain quickly. So you need to find a balance where your body is getting clean food and is able to utilize it and burn it.
Here is a major tip to help you survive pregnancy …….do NOT let your friends and family cater to you with food and goodies all the time. It’s like when you become pregnant you wear a sign on you that says please feed the chubby kid, I mean really everyone is always trying to feed me!!! I am eating for two yes, but one of these little humans is the size of a small plum right!
Lastly I have been working out this trimester around 3 sometimes 4 days a week. The only cardio I do is walks with Birkley and chasing her around 😉 My workouts are easy. The first trimester is so crucial and your body is changing so much that I do not push it. First of all, I feel like I am working out on a dang ship that is in the middle of a storm at sea because my motion sickness is so bad. And second I get winded so quick that superset or circuits are pretty much complimented by a good solid 5 minute rest between sets. So my advice for right now is get through the motions. Don’t push it. The second trimester when I start to feel more human my workouts will get better, but for right now just be happy with the fact you made it to the gym 😉
Here is an idea of what an average day looks like for me for food.
Meal 1: ¾ cup krustez gluten free pancakes, 1 cup mixed berries, 3 turkey sausage links, sugar free syrup
Meal 2: 1 scoop vegan protein, 1 tbsp PB powder, ½ tbsp. cocoa powder, 2 cups coconut milk (this is the only way I can stomach protein shakes right now)
Meal 3: 4 oz boars head low sodium roasted turkey, ½ avocado, 2 slices turkey bacon, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, Sonoma wrap or UDIs gluten free bagel or bread
Meal 4: 5-6 oz turkey or salmon, 6 oz yam or ¾ cup jasmine rice, veggies ( I love peppers or zucchini right now that is pretty much about it!)
Meal 5: I try and do another shake but this doesn’t always happen so I will snack on some chicken or ground turkey. (these portions for this meal are not always consistent because meat is the one thing I don’t want to eat when I am really sick)
SNACKS: The amounts on these change everyday! But my usual is 6 butter rice cakes (or I do a couple slices of uddis small slice gluten free bread, 3-4 mandarin oranges ( and 2 times a week I eat 2 gluten free cookies or 3 😉 and honestly they are the serving of 4 for 2, because I by them gluten free already made at bakeries. )